Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons.
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Review by Aisha-Aina
"Mrs. Andrea helps me solve problems on the piano that I did not know I had!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by John
"Great first visit with Johnny!"
Miami, FL teacher:
Review by Carl
"Dominae's Review (Student who took the lessons.)
I've been in many different kinds of singing classes and I have never learned as much from them as I
have from my time with Ronda. I loved Ronda's down to earth personality and how much she cares about her students. Ronda always has the time to help her students which made me want to do even better! Thank you so much Ronda you've been great!"
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Barb
"Roberta is a wonderful instructor, simply the best. My daughter has been studying with her for 5 years. Under Roberta's direction, her voice has blossomed
and she has gained a lot of confidence as well."
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Janice
"Alex took the time to find out my daughter's musical interests, and kept her interest by teaching riffs from some of her favorite songs. He was reliable,
professional, and personable."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by tom
"worth the price!
Its no secret that private lessons aren't cheap. I feel like I get my money worth with our online lessons. Its about the same price as h
aving somebody come to my house but I prefer taking the lessons over the internet because I can be anywhere and I like how Brandon uses several cameras to give me a better view of the fretboard than I would get in person."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Makenzie
"Keith has been great, he is very knowledgeable and has an amazing personality! We are really enjoying our lessons with him and look forward to many more."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Andy
"Innovative, patient, encouraging. Bill goes the extra mile to make learning the guitar fun."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Sandrine Bartoletti
"Every time I learn new things. I will go for more lessons with Katie. It is so great!"
Aaron holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Management from the University of the Pacific. At Pacific, Aaron studied both jazz and classical music, and performed rock/gospel music on campus. He also completed graduate units through Liberty University.
He has directed instrumental music at Sunrise Community Church in Fair Oaks, CA, and directed the worship ministry at Escalon Covenant Church in Escalon, CA.
Aaron has been teaching private lessons since 2007, and has been teaching marching percussion at high schools since 2008. His students students have earned college music schola
rships, honor band seats, and professional performances, and the winter percussion ensemble he taught won first place at NCBA Championships.
Aaron has a broad range of musical experiences including performances in rock bands, R&B bands, drum corps, orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz bands and combos, and many many more. He loves sharing this diverse musical background with his students.
As a timpanist and percussionist, Aaron has been an extra member of the Stockton Chorale Society Orchestra. As a drummer, Aaron has worked professionally in the pit at Magic Circle Theater company in Roseville, CA. As a bass guitarist, Aaron performed professionally with Sacramento area jazz guitarist Greg Perkins. As a guitarist, Aaron has led worship and played on worship teams.
Aaron also taught middle school English and Computer Applications in Stockton, CA, and has worked as a private tutor and substitute teacher of all subjects, K-12.
*** Lesson Details *** More lesson times may be available. Please call if other arrangements are needed.**
-- The most important thing to know about lessons with Aaron is that you will receive a customized experience tailored to fit your musical desires and goals. He will work to understand your desires in music, and will use existing materials and generate new materials to challenge you and help them you reach your goals.
Some common goals Aaron has worked with are: - Preparing for an Audition - Starting a band with friends - Learning music for a school band/percussion ensemble - Personal enrichment/ better understanding of music - Exploring career possibilities - Improving technical ability
**** Aaron's guiding principles are: 1. Music is vitally useful and Important in society! Music brings joy to the multitude, and enhances expression for its artists.
2. Anyone can be a musician! Every student has unlimited potential, and it is Aaron's desire to unlock that potential, allowing my students to succeed in music.
3. Music should be fun! Too many instructors stick to the gritty business of method books. While this has its place, Aaron knows that it is only a small part of music. Music is meant to be fun, and Aaron makes the learning process fun and exciting at every stage by incorporating the interests of his students.
4. Hard work should always be rewarded! Aaron is always positive with his students and celebrates their accomplishments continually.
5. Music is what you make it! Whatever your desires and goals in music, Aaron will help you to achieve them. All musical aspirations are valid and valuable. Whether you want to be a rock star, a concert timpanist or just to make music with friends and family, he will equip you with the tools you need to get there.
6. Proper technique and musical knowledge empower musicians! Whatever your goals, starting with good technique and understanding the music you play will keep you from injury and promote your success.
7. Listening is vital to understanding music! Aaron's students listen to and analyze recordings of music they like to gain insight and understanding to how the music works. Aaron encourages his students to play along with recordings to work on the organic elements of music which cannot be gained from dry academic study. Guitarists will start with either an acoustic guitar or electric guitar & practice amp. They will also need a metronome, tuner, and notebook. They will learn to read music, tablature, and chord symbols, and they will learn to play melodies, riffs, and chords in the style(s) they prefer.
-- Bass Guitarists will start with a bass guitar and an amp. They will also need a metronome, tuner, and notebook. They will learn to read music and tablature and play bass grooves and solos in the style(s) they prefer. Drummers and percussionist will generally start with a pair of sticks and a practice pad, learning the basic techniques of drumming for the first 6-12 weeks, and will move on to drum set or percussion instruments as they demonstrate proper technique. They will also need a metronome and notebook. They will learn to read and play music in the style(s) they prefer.
*** Studio Equipment *** Drums/Percussion: Drum Sets, Practice Pad, Vibraphone, Percussion Instruments, Music Stands.
Guitar: Practice Amp, Music Stands.
Bass: Bass Guitar Amp, Music Stands.
Recording: Microphones, Mic Stands, Clips and Cables, M-Audio Multitrack Interface, GarageBand 11, Studio Accessories.
Star June 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
He's a great instructor.
Matt W. February 23, 2016
In studio Verified Student
We chose Aaron for his great resume at first, once we started the lesson we knew the one hour commute each way was well worth it. Aaron's knowledge and patients are top notch, And my sons enthusiasm for The drums has grown with each lesson. Thank you Aaron for all your hard work.
Paul S. June 30, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Caleb was very impressed with Aaron as he took the time to explain the math assignment to Caleb in a way that Caleb understands.
I started playing guitar when I was in the 8th grade. At that time I was into punk, and as I got older I moved into listening to classic rock, then blues, then all sorts of jazz and jam bands, and now classical and sacred art. And my playing of the guitar has following the same trajectory: I played in the style I listened to. One common thread through all of this has been an, at first unconscious, but now fully conscious focus on the art of improvisation.
Improvisation is central in my own playing, and what I deliberately bring my students to do. And this is not something vainly indiv
idualistic. Franz Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin; Coltrane, Miles; Ravi Shankar, Ali Akbar Khan; Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton; SRV, Albert King, BB King: what do all of these musicians have in common? They improvised, and were very good at it in their respective genres. Improvisation is a truly important aspect of playing music, and one which I will give due focus to. Besides this, I will teach the student technique, chords, scales, songs (chosen by both the student and, at times, myself), and later on: theory (including harmony and ear training).
I have a Master's Certificate in Theory, Harmony and Ear Training from Berklee College of Music's online extension.
*** Lesson Details *** In my 'about me' section I have laid out in a general fashion what I will teach you.
I am very patient with my students. I focus on the qualities of effortless action, patience, contentment with our current abilities while striving to attain (eventual) mastery.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide an acoustic guitar, a tuner, picks, and sheet music. I expect the student to have a guitar, a tuner, extra strings, and picks.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in modal improvisation. I also can teach some art philosophy and philosophy related to art.
Nichole Coyne January 25, 2016
In home Verified Student
Chase and I did not work together long because of other commitments. However, in the short time we did work together I learned a lot. Chase is easy going, highly skilled, very patient, and his teaching style is such that it fosters student confidence. I was really nervous at first, because I wasn't sure what to expect. Chase quickly made me feel at ease during the lesson. We only had half hour lessons, but that was definitely enough time to learn new materiel and make progress. I highly recommend him for guitar lessons.
Declan D. January 8, 2016
In home Verified Student
My son is 7 and really seems to like Chase. He came well prepared and finally someone has started to teach him some rock songs .
Christie January 4, 2016
An Excellent Teacher!
Our daughter Charis has taken lessons from Chase for over 2 years. From the first lesson, his patient demeanor put her completely at ease. During that time we have seen her understanding of music and her love for guitar continue to grow.
Chase has a unique way of challenging his students to stretch in their ability while simultaneously making it a great deal of fun. I would absolutely recommend him to both the new and seasoned student alike.
I graduated from the Musicians Institute in '07,and currently perform in the popular band Tainted Love. My main objective is to give all my students the direction they need to become the best musician they can be. I know every student is different and learns at a different rate. I create each lesson specific to the students needs. Playing music can be a lot of work but my main focus is to remember to have fun doing it!
*** Lesson Details *** All lessons include curriculum that will be for the student to keep. I will start each student's lessons based on their level. I also can give tips on
technical issues, performance. I will help in any area that is needed.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a home studio with many guitars, amps, effects etc.. I also have a keyboard, electric drum set, and recording equipment set up. I have a comfortable living area for parents to wait in as well.
*** Travel Equipment *** Acoustic or electric guitar, Music stand, small amp if needed.
*** Specialties *** My focus is rock,funk,fusion,jazz,country.
Ben C. June 12, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Jeff knows his stuff and is a nice guy too. He has a deep understanding of the fretboard and if your into classic rock to modern pop, he can show you what's happening in a song.
Suzanne D. October 30, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Excellent teacher for kids
Jeff has been teaching beginning guitar to my 7 year old daughter for about 6 months now. He has excellent rapport with kids and keeps her engaged and interested while she learns. That's a tall order for my daughter, who is easily distracted and generally doesn't like to "stick with" things. She loves going to guitar lessons, enjoys learning new notes and chords and practicing what she's learned. I attribute her enthusiasm to Jeff's engagement - just the right level of challenge while making it fun for her.
Jeff is also very flexible around scheduling, and very reliable. Easy to get in touch for last minute schedule changes, and extremely responsive.
Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.
Christian is also a member in the following organizations:
Vic Firth Education Team
Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program
Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.
Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the
age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.
The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.
Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.
Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.
Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin
*** Lesson Details *** Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.
Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.
Beginners (build the foundation) Technique - Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly - Feet: heel up or heel down technique
Reading - Explain note values - Explain drum set notation
Coordination and Timing - Learn basic beats to play music - Understand how to practice with a metronome - How to play along to music
*** Studio Equipment *** Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
Dillon S. January 5, 2016
In studio Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.
Noah M. October 5, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!
rita W. January 30, 2014
Drum Verified Student
Easy to sign up and Great customer service
My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.
I specialize in tutoring middle, elementary and high school students to prepare them for matriculation to the best private high schools, colleges, and universities possible. I have had the experience of teaching at UCLA and have over 7 years of private tutoring experience, working with tutoring companies in addition to test prep companies. At the time of this writing I have worked with students at WyzAnt alone for over 1150+ hours. I also currently have over 520+ hours of tutoring working at the Princeton Review.
I specialize in tutoring math, science (chemistry, biology, anatomy/physiolog
y), English, and SAT/ACT/AP exam preparation. I have had great success tutoring elementary, middle-, and high-school students in multiple subjects (reading, social studies, etc.) for overall grade and study skills improvement + academic achievement. I have tutored many college students and working adults.
Last but not least, I also offer private tutoring for the health profession (MCAT, DAT, & OAT) exams & many other exams including, but not limited to, the ISEE/SSAT, TOEFL, GED and the CLEP exams.
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